Lynn's Comments: Every now and then I did a serious and reflective punch line. I had to. This wouldn’t have been a realistic look inside the home of a North American family if the characters took their good health and good fortune for granted. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to buy groceries like this!
Lynn's Comments: This series of strips resulted in more letters from men than most others I’ve written. Apparently, even when it’s running like a charm, the snowblower is one of the least favourite tools in the work shed!
Lynn's Comments: The Bergans and the O'Gradys are both families I know well. It was fun to put their names in the paper.
Lynn's Comments: Both Aaron and Katie took part in the annual Lynn Lake ice show. It was a huge amount of work. The whole town took part. We made do with whatever we could find in this isolated place; old boards, leftover paint, second hand clothes, mismatched fabrics, and the result was spectacular. With next to nothing for a budget and everything done by hand, the annual ice show was a sold-out affair—a wonderful display of northern talent and ingenuity.
Lynn's Comments: For many years I went on book tours, which took me to major cities all over the US and Canada. When I was invited to go to New York by "People Magazine," I asked my mother-in-law, Ruth, if she'd like to come. My husband and "Grandpa" took care of the kids for the 3 days we were away. It was the first time Ruth and I had travelled together, and I wanted her trip to be the best it could be. The one Broadway show I wanted her to see was "A Chorus Line." I had seen it twice before and had enjoyed it so much I wanted to see it again. All through the show Ruth kept looking at her watch. When the show ended and the curtain fell, I was annoyed with her. Thinking she had disliked the show, I asked why she kept checking her watch. With eyes full of tears, she looked at me and said, "I didn't want it to end!"
Lynn's Comments: This actually happened. We were about to go to a house party when we realized we'd left the kids with a sitter too many times. We had just started the car when we decided to go back into the house and be a family. It turned out to be a great evening.
Lynn's Comments: Yes, we did have a train set running around our Christmas tree. One thing you can say about high quality model railroads is…they work!
Lynn's Comments: Even though I wasn’t pregnant while writing and drawing these cartoons, I felt Elly’s pain. Some experiences you remember in great detail.
Lynn's Comments: When I was expecting Katie, my husband joked that we’d be able to determine my exact weight gain by measuring the height of my bath water.
Lynn's Comments: The way "old marrieds" say, "HAPPY NEW YEAR!"